For those who gave their all

Tas­ma­ni­ans urged to hon­our those who ‘gave ev­ery­thing’

Mercury (Hobart) - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES KITTO

TO­DAY we pause to re­mem­ber those who served and sac­ri­ficed for our free­dom —101 years after the guns fell si­lent on the West­ern Front, end­ing World War I.

Martin Her­rin, Herman Wester­hof, Mike Gal­lagher and Ke­van Blom will be among those at the memo­rial at South Arm this Re­mem­brance Day to pay their re­spects to those who served their na­tion.

TO­DAY Tas­ma­nia pauses to re­mem­ber those men and women who have served and sac­ri­ficed for our free­dom.

At 11am on Novem­ber 11, 1918, the guns fell si­lent on the West­ern Front, end­ing four years of dev­as­tat­ing war­fare.

World War I claimed more than 16 mil­lion lives from around the globe, in­clud­ing over 60,200 Aus­tralians.

Army re­servist of 31 years Mike Gal­lagher, who served in Iraq and Afghanista­n dur­ing 2006, will be among Tas­ma­ni­ans to mark Re­mem­brance Day at a ser­vice at South Arm to­day.

Re­mem­brance Day is about pay­ing trib­ute to fallen veter­ans while also pay­ing re­spects to re­turned veter­ans and those still serv­ing, Mr Gal­lagher said.

“For all of us, re­gard­less if you’ve served, it’s a time to re­mem­ber those that not only gave lives but gave ev­ery­thing to keep Aus­tralia free as a democ­racy,” he said.

Mr Gal­lagher said the South Arm RSL will mark the day with a 10.30am ser­vice fol­lowed by a spe­cial ser­vice to mark the lives of two passed RSL mem­bers and veter­ans, Mau­rice Stevens and Morris Larkins.

“Both men made a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact and never lost the zest of look­ing for ways to help out,” he said.

The RSL is call­ing on Aus­tralians to “re­mem­ber to re­mem­ber” to pause for one minute at 11am to­day and re­flect on the ser­vice and sac­ri­fice of cur­rent and for­mer ser­vice­men and women, as well as the many fam­i­lies who stand be­hind them.

Veter­ans’ Af­fairs Min­is­ter Guy Bar­nett en­cour­aged Tas­ma­ni­ans to at­tend a Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice.

“Tas­ma­nia has a rich mil­i­tary his­tory with over 11,000 war veter­ans and exser­vice per­son­nel.

“More than 15,000 Tas­ma­nian men en­listed to serve their na­tion in World War I.

“Of these, 3000 lost their lives and many more suf­fered phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal in­juries,” he said.

“Wreath lay­ing cer­e­monies are be­ing held on Re­mem­brance Day around Tas­ma­nia.

“All Tas­ma­ni­ans are en­cour­aged to at­tend, where a poppy in re­mem­brance or take a mo­ment’s si­lence at 11am to re­flect and re­mem­ber.”

For a full list of Tas­ma­nian Re­mem­brance Day ser­vices visit www.rsltas.org.au /re­mem­brance-day-2019/

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